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GIRLS IN STEM AT UTS

On Thursday 10 October Ward participated in the annual Girls in STEM Day at the University of Technology Sydney.

The Ward team was represented by female staff from across the business, including engineering, safety and community. Ward facilitated a workshop for those who nominated an interest in construction or civil engineering.

 The high school students, mainly from years 11 and 12, were split into teams and asked to design and build a structure using recycled materials.

The first team designed and created a bridge structure suitable for conditions in the Philippines and the second team chose to design and create a hospital in outback Australia.

As part of the process, students were asked to consider all project elements such as cost, environmental constraints, design, build-ability and ethical considerations.

The Ward team enjoyed helping the girls test their ideas as well as answering questions about what it’s like to work in the construction industry.

We wish the girls all the best for their future studies and we hope to see them back again as graduates!

STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are areas currently underrepresented by females. Championed by CEO Julia Ward, we are committed to encouraging more females to study and pursue a career in civil engineering.

Thank you to UTS for inviting Ward to participate in this fantastic initiative.

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New Office Opening

Ward is pleased to announce the official opening of its new combined office and warehouse facility at Lane Cove West.

Located at 2-6 Orion Road we have a newly fitted out state of the art office facility with a full height 1,100m2 warehouse beneath which will serve as the home base for our plant fleet including our two new Dry-Vac units.

We are excited at being able to combine the Ward plant and materials logistical support with the corporate office function in the one modern facility.

IT manager Antonino Cascio worked late into the night to ensure a seamless transfer of all data systems and the connectivity speeds at the new office are truly impressive.

Please take the time to come and visit when next in the area.

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New Project Announcement

Ward is pleased to announce that we have recently been awarded the Contract by SACL for the Enabling works Southern Expansion Project.

The project is 40 week duration and includes works in a live carpark environment and airside at the International T1 Terminal.

Ward has a long history of the successful delivery of infrastructure projects both landside and airside at Sydney International Airport.

Head to the “current projects” section of our website to see the full scope of works!

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Additional turning lane for Hoxton Park Rd Intersection

Ward is pleased to advise of the opening of an additional right turn lane on the Southbound carriageway of the Hume Highway, at the intersection of Hoxton Park Road, Liverpool.

As part of the RMS Pinch Point Program, this new lane will assist in reducing congestion and travel time at this critical intersection.

Ward continues to deliver critical infrastructure projects as part of the RMS Easing Sydney’s Congestion program with an outstanding record in improving the customer experience.

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NBH Forest Way Breakthrough

The Ward team achieved a major project milestone last week with the breakthrough of the underpass beneath the bridge deck upon which existing traffic is travelling.

This has been achieved ahead of the program and releases the following works whilst also providing additional safe access for these critical works.  

A huge well done to the Project team led by Jeff Richards in hammering, headering, ripping their way through the tough ironstone rock.

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Ward Dry Vac Up & Running

Last week saw Ward’s brand new Dry Vac Truck at our Parramatta Light Rail Project for its inaugural run.

The Dry Vac was used to excavate around existing subsurface services to allow for the installation of mature trees. It also assisted our Project Team with service location on site confirming the alignment of existing utilities.

This latest addition to Ward’s plant is not only incredibly efficient but also environmentally friendly. Not requiring water as part of the excavation process means that the Dry Vac does not generate any muddy waste. The excavated fill remains clean, allowing it to be repurposed without needing to be treated or dried out beforehand.

With little downtime, Ward’s new Dry Vac and Operator Nikos will no doubt be very busy in the coming months and are proving to be an excellent addition to the fleet.

In the coming weeks we will be receiving our second truck allowing Ward to take on even more projects heading into 2020.

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AEO Certificate

Ward is pleased to announce that we have been recently certified as an Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEO) by Transport Asset Standards Authority.

The AEO Framework is a hierarchical set of documented system components that provide TfNSW with a justified confidence in the capability of the supply chain to deliver safe and fit-for-purpose assets by capable and competent organisations.

It supports the participation of the private sector to add more value and innovation to the Transport network.

With being granted this authorisation it gives Ward the opportunity to continue to support the development of NSW’s transport infrastructure into the future.

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UTS Women in STEM Site Visit PLR

Six female first-year civil engineering students from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) visited the Parramatta Light Rail enabling works project site recently as part of Ward’s program for improving female participation in civil engineering.

Site Engineer Brady Noack provided an overview of the project and an insight into his experience as a member of Ward’s industry-leading undergraduate program. The program, now in its third year, includes Cert IV training in Work Health and Safety and a rotation through the various company disciplines including estimating, project work, environment and survey under the guidance of a senior management mentor. 

It was great to meet such enthusiastic young female civil students and to see how they kept Brady and the team on their toes with some interesting questions. Well done to Lydia Dowling at University of Technology Sydney WiEIT CoOP Scholarship for taking the lead in promoting gender diversity in civil engineering.

Ward is a proud supporter of the UTS Women in Engineering and IT scholarship. Our commitment to the improvement of female participation in civil engineering is championed by CEO Julia Ward, one of the few female voices leading our industry. The team thoroughly enjoyed presenting what Ward has to offer and we hope to welcome more female undergraduates into the team in the future!  

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Roosters NRLW Launch Night

The Sydney Roosters held their 2019 NRLW Season Launch at the Easts Leagues Bondi Junction on Tuesday evening. Guests included Roosters Chairman Mr Nick Politis AM and Ward CEO Julia Ward, along with the playing Squad’s families and friends. Hosted by Roosters legend Anthony Minichiello, guests enjoyed speeches and presentations that gave insight into the upcoming season. Julia spoke of what it means to Ward to be a foundation partner of the Roosters NRLW side, and also a key Community partner. Preparations are well underway for the new season’s opening round on 14/15th September. In an exciting development the NRL has announced the Roosters will this season host a standalone fixture, separate to the men’s NRL Telstra Premiership Finals, for the very first time, when the Roosters host the Dragons for the local derby at a ground steeped in Rugby League history in Leichhardt Oval in Round Three of the competition. NRLW is an elite four-team competition which will be contested during the 2019 NRL Finals Series featuring the Sydney Roosters, St George Illawarra Dragons, Brisbane Broncos and New Zealand Warriors

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PB Roads Super Weekend 23-26 August 2019

The Ward project team on our Port Botany Roads project successfully completed an around the clock super weekend shift from Friday 23 August through to this morning to minimise disruption to businesses.

The team completed approximately 1,500m2 of pavement demolition and reconstruction over the weekend including wearing course asphalt. The adjacent businesses in Simblist and Friendship Rd can now use their driveways without any further interruption.

This is a fantastic achievement and we acknowledge the team’s monumental efforts to make it happen.

Special thanks to the Subcontractors, SPA stabilising the basecourse, Colas in spray sealing and J&E placing the asphalt.

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